Posts Tagged priesthood

When I’m on a path with no followers!

Never in my wildest dreams have I thought I’d be typing this: The Diocese of Cork and Ross, in which I minister, doesn’t have any student priest in our national seminary. Nor does it have any students in any seminary. Anywhere. The diocese has one seminarian who this year is doing an optional course in […]

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Living in a disappearing priesthood

My historical sense of catholicism in Ireland, which I learned in school, was speckled with events that were depicted as reference points in Irish history. The Wild Geese, Cromwell, Fr Murphy of Boolavogue, Nano Nagle, Daniel O’Connell and Catholic Emancipation, the Great Famine and the soupers, the War of Independence, the Maynooth Mission to China, male and female […]

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All is changed … but parish faith endures

I believed, as a young lad, that Drimoleague was a dangerous place to be a parish priest. It wasn’t because I believed the work was particularly difficult or that the people were hostile. It was due, rather, to an impression I had from my visits to the graveyard to pray for our dead. Every time […]

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